NJ school district outsources subs to avoid ObamaCare
posted at 3:12 pm on October 9, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
The Ledger actually doesn’t get around to mentioning the real fiscal reason for ensuring that all substitute teachers work for contractors and get less than 30 hours a week until near the jump. Their lead is about “efficiency” and “saving … resources”:
The Polk County School District is looking into outsourcing the management of its substitute teachers in an effort to increase the efficiency of placing substitutes in classrooms.
Board members heard a presentation from a Kelly Educational Staffing representative Tuesday on how Kelly could save the district resources while increasing the percentage of substitutes placed in classrooms.
It’s only six paragraphs later that the real resource savings become clear:
Another central reason the district is looking to outsource has to do with the Affordable Care Act.
Starting in January, the district would have to provide health insurance for all part-time workers that work at least 30 hours a week, including substitutes.
The change will save the district $718,000. The Ledger claims that the temp service will provide health insurance, but I wouldn’t bet on it. Most temp agencies don’t offer benefits, and districts will probably make sure that sub hours get held to no more than 29 a week.